Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Math Literature Volume 3

Happy Monday!

If you missed Volume 1, click here to see my review of Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
if you missed Voume 2, click here to see my review of Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!

This week I want to share with you

This is a story of a group of 25 ants including solider Joe.  The ants have to march past the queen each day and try different arrangements such as walking in groups of 2, 3 and 4.  Each time, poor solider Joe makes the lines uneven and is left out as a remainder of one.  Finally the ants decide to march in groups of 5 and Joe is included.

This is a great story to introduce the concept of remainders in division.  I use this book in grades 3 and 4 and it is a wonderful story that really helps get a big math idea across to kids.   I often read it to the whole class at the start of our discussion on remainders.  It really helps kids connect to the idea of something being "left over" after dividing and helps them think about what should be done with the remainder.

The author, Elinor Pinczes; also has several other books I use including
One Hundred Hungry Ants and Inchworm and A Half.

How do you introduce the concept of remainders to your students?

Want to read more about great math literature?  Click here to head over to part 4!

Check out this post about how I use partial quotients when teaching long division or this post to read more about story problems for division in the Common Core.

Here is a fun and free app for practicing multiplication and division facts!

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